The International Business Times has an opinion piece about online privacy and data mining:
“Data mining is the process of extracting patterns of data” is the definition on Wikipedia.
It is used in marketing, advertising and even business development. However, mining comes at an invasive cost of privacy. […]
The question of privacy is not a new one. When Gmail first became popular and users noticed ads related to contents in their mails hovering in the sidebars, there were questions if Google was indeed reading your mails. Google denied it and stated that it would analyse email messages for keywords to base their ads upon. […]
Social networking has turned everyone’s lives into a glass house. People volunteer more information about themselves and not just in words. Photographs, videos, personal preferences are all available on sites like Facebook. […]
Email IDs and passwords are perhaps the last barrier in the online social world. People share most other information, either unaware that the internet is a vast sieve or not bothered.
Governments are now forced to step in to demark what constitutes are private and general knowledge. […]
In such a glass house scenario, a revamp of online privacy laws would not only be welcome but is crucial. Canada and Germany, where sites like Facebook have gotten into trouble over privacy issues, have strong laws protecting the consumer. However, many other countries, including the U.S. are yet to catch up.